Cubs

Rose a game-time decision for Celtics game

673052.png

Rose a game-time decision for Celtics game

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continues to make progress in his recovery from a strained right groin and is a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the Celtics.

"I'm feeling better, able to move a little bit more," said Rose, who displayed his familiar competitive spirit while launching jumpers at the end of Thursday morning's shootaround at the Berto Center. "If I feel it when I'm out there, I'm definitely going to play, but if not, be smart."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau concurred: "We'll see how he warms up tonight. He's making good progress. It's still a game-time decision."

Rose admitted to feeling some "discomfort" after recent practices and acknowledged that he still isn't able to run at "top speed," but chalked that up to his increased activity level.

"That comes with just coming back. Getting my conditioning, running a little bit more and just getting back active," he explained. "Every day when it's improving, the less I think about it.

"Did the whole shootaround, so I'm fine."

Rose said he "should be" in the Bulls lineup from whenever he returns-which, if it doesn't occur Thursday, could be as soon as Sunday's afternoon matinee at New York, the first in a home-and-home series with the Knicks-through the postseason.

"If not now, for sure next game," he said. "Taking all this rest, all the other injuries that I have-my body was nicked off early in the year-they're gone. Only thing that I'm worried about is my groin."

"I'm not going to hold back at all. You know the way that I play. I'm not holding back. My game is to be aggressive and try to get people going."

In other news Bulls news, the team announced Thursday that they signed veteran point guard Mike James for the remainder of the season, increasing their depth at the position with Rose still on the mend and fill-in starter C.J. Watson banged up.

"It says a lot about him," Thibodeau said of James, who is in his fourth stint with the Bulls this season. "Great veteran, stays ready, so we're glad to have him back."

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

2-21_jim_hickey_usat.jpg
USA TODAY

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before the boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

schwein-221.jpg
USA TODAY

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.